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UPVC Paint for UPVC Windows and Doors
There are various brands of uPVC paint and PVC paint on the market, such as uPVC paint for windows, uPVC paint for doors…the list goes on.
In the following article, we will be conducting an in-depth review of everything you need to know about uPVC Paint.
1. What Is UPVC?
UPVC has become an increasingly popular material for constructing and maintaining residential and commercial buildings, particularly for elements such as doors and windows.
It has emerged as an excellent alternative to timber due to its unique properties, especially its longevity and versatility. However, painting uPVC requires specialist paints that have been formulated for this specific material.
2. What Type of Paint is UPVC Paint?
The UPVC Paint that we have developed and that we use is an acrylic solvent-based paint. This is a liquid-based paint that comprises of some principal ingredients: resin (binders), pigments, solvents and additives.
3. What is Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. As a result, it is more resistant to water and less likely to be damaged by moisture.
4. What is Solvent-Based Paint?
General characteristics of solvent-based paints.
- Solvent-based paints are made up of organic compounds. The organic compounds ensure a hard and durable finish, which is more resistant to scratches and abrasions.
- Solvent-based paints are pretty thick, and they require mineral spirits to be mixed in with them before they are applied to a surface.
- The organic compounds in solvent-based Paint have a chemical reaction with oxygen, making them evaporate.
- Typically, moving air surrounding a solvent-based paint will help to speed up the reaction, reducing drying times.
5. Why is UPVC Paint Different?
UPVC Paint has been specifically formulated for plastic. Therefore, it can be applied to various types of rigid or hardened plastics such as PVC, polycarbonate, acrylic and polyester, and uPVC.
Using the right Paint for uPVC is critical because any other paint won’t adhere to the smooth surface effectively. The resulting finish will be less than satisfactory, and the Paint will begin to peel and crack.
Plastic expands and contracts, due to temperature changes in the environment. UPVC Paint is flexible enough to accommodate these movements, meaning that it will last considerably longer than other paint formulations.
Moreover, since uPVC has a non-porous finish, you need a Paint that will stick to the surface rather than be absorbed, which happens with wood.
6. Certified UPVC Paint
The vast majority of professionals use low odour and highly saturated polyurethane Paint specially formulated to adhere to UPVC.
Reputable painters will only use paints that have undergone extensive testing and rigorous assessments. These Paints will have achieved an ISO rating, guaranteeing their bonding abilities and durability.
7. How is UPVC Paint used?
There is a specific method in which UPVC Paint is applied. The preparation of the surface to be sprayed is also vital.
We use an airless system that allows Paint spraying and other coatings at high pressure through a spray gun. This creates an even coverage and smooth finish.
UPVC Paint is thick and requires thinners to be mixed to allow an easy and smooth application.
We also add a paint hardener. This is sodium polyacrylate, which is a crystallized salt product. The salt crystals absorb moisture quickly and turn the Paint into a solid, rubbery substance.
In addition, we use a paint accelerator. This additive is used in small quantities, which helps the hardener accelerate during the curing process.
Once the solvent thinner begins to evaporate or paint begins to dry, the resin element in the formulated Paint creates a hard, durable coating.
8. Which UPVC Paint Should I Purchase?
UPVC should only be painted with paints that have been manufactured for that purpose. However, there are so many brands to choose from, and they’re inevitably going to differ in their quality.
Of course, as a customer, there is no way for you to test the various brands out there to determine which one is superior. So it may be that you apply the Paint, and the finish is initially perfect. Still, over time the Paint began to fade, peel and crack because it was simply not of a sufficient standard.
Fortunately, we are here to provide you with all the guidance you need. As professional spray painters, we have amassed a wealth of experience using different uPVC Paint brands. We have also developed and formulated our own uPVC Paints. As a result, we’re in an ideal position to assess which uPVC Paint is worthwhile and which is not.
9. TOP 3 UPVC Paint Brands
Some brands offer an immaculate and long-lasting finish. In contrast, other brands we have discovered are not up to par through trial and error.
The following three brands have proven themselves to be exceptional in terms of application and performance over time:
UPVC Spray Painters
UPVC Spray Painters
10. What If My Property Doesn't Have UPVC?
With our bespoke and tailored services, we can spray paint a variety of materials, well virtually any material, we are not limited to uPVC. In addition, we develop our paints, which means that we can create the perfect mix for any material which needs to be painted.
11. What Colours Can I Choose?
There is an infinite selection of RAL colours that you can choose from, giving you the creative freedom to customize your property however you like. If you want, you can also create your own bespoke colour with the assistance of our colour matching and colour mixing services.
12. Which Finish Can I Choose?
One advantage of spray painting the uPVC elements of your home is that you can choose from three finishes; matte, gloss and satin. By far, satin is our most sought after and highly recommended finish, and it is selected by 95% of our customers. In addition, it offers a natural appearance, and it is made of 30% gloss.
13. Is Painting UPVC Cost-Effective?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes.
Our professional sprayers can restore and transform the exterior and interior elements of your property. Spray painting uPVC is around 75% less than the cost of an entire uPVC replacement. Once our team has finished, your uPVC doors and windows will look like they have just been installed.
14. How Long Will UPVC Paint Last?
The quality of the Paint and its application will ultimately decide how long your uPVC Paint lasts. We’re delighted to say that our specialist paints have a ten-year guarantee from cracking and peeling. There is also a five-year guarantee from the colour fading.
15. How Long Does uPVC Spray Painting Take?
We will always endeavour to complete our projects with minimal disruption to you and your family. Of course, the exact time frame will depend on the scope and complexity of the project. Still, we can assure you that we will always strike the perfect balance between efficiency and quality workmanship.
16. Can uPVC Spray Painting Bring More Value To My Property?
Absolutely, yes, spray painting your windows, and doors can dramatically affect your property’s aesthetic impact and curb appeal. Renovating and modernizing your home is an effective way to make it more attractive to potential buyers. UPVC spray painting is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to add value to your property.
In a popular article by House Beautiful thousands of houses across the UK were analysed, and their team found that an increasing number of properties chose ‘Grey’ to increase kerb appeal.
Their studies showed that having Grey windows versus white windows boosted average house prices in the south by an amazing £70,000, compared with an increase of only £37,000 in the north.
17. Can I Paint UPVC Myself?
We do recommend hiring a professional for a perfect and flawless finish, with a ten-year guarantee on paintwork. However, if you fancy a D.I.Y. challenge you can Paint your uPVC’s yourself. It is important to remember that it is nearly impossible to obtain a perfect and smooth finish when painting by hand using a roller or brush.
For a better finish, you can, of course, hire a spray gun but you will have to use a different series of paints with the equipment. We have created some how-to articles for D.I.Y. enthusiasts. These provide step-by-step guides, equipment lists and helpful tips and tricks when painting any exterior elements of your property.
18. Professional Spray Painting Service
UPVC painting is a brilliant way to elevate the appearance and impact of your home, providing you use the correct Paint and method of application.
With relatively low costs and fast turnaround times, it’s no surprise that uPVC painting has become such a popular option for homeowners and business owners alike.
Whether you want to enquire about our specialist uPVC paints or our professional uPVC spray painting services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can answer all of your questions.
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